Hatters' Bats Explode En Route to First Super Regional Appearance


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LakePoint, Ga. - For the first time in Stetson history the Hatters are headed to the Super Regionals, after thumping Oklahoma State 11-1 on Sunday evening at Melching Field. The Hatters become just the third ASUN team to advance to a Super Regional and first since Kennesaw State in 2014. The current Super Regional format was implemented in 1999. 

ASUN Baseball Schedule - Sunday, June 3rd
No. 1 Stetson 11, No. 3 Oklahoma State 1
No. 3 Florida Atlantic 12, No. 2 Jacksonville 7

Stetson exploded for 10 runs in the third inning to race past Oklahoma State. The Hatters three-four duo of Jacob Koos and Brooks Wilson combined to go 5-10 with five RBIs and two runs scored. At the bottom of the order Jonathan Meola and Austin Hale combined to knock in three runs. All nine Hatter batters crossed home plate at least once on Sunday evening. Stetson starting pitcher Jack Perkins was on his A-game from the jump on Sunday night. The junior right hander started the game by sitting down the first 10 batters he saw. Perkins finished the night with a complete game, allowing no earned runs, one run, no walks and struck out 13 batters. 

In three games in the DeLand Regional, Stetson scored 29 runs and struck out 40 total batters. The Hatters also broke the ASUN single-season record for strikeouts over the weekend. They currently sit with 617 for the season. Wilson, named the DeLand Regional MVP, finished the regional hitting .583 (7-12) with seven RBIs, three runs, two doubles and a triple. Koos finished the weekend with hitting .416 (5-12) with five runs, five RBI and four steals. The Hatters will now face No. 6 national seed North Carolina in the Chapel Hill Super Regional. 

The Dolphins couldn't overcome an early 12-0 deficit on Sunday afternoon down in Gainesville. The Owls jumped all over JU starter Tyler Santana for five runs in the first, which ran him from the contest. FAU would tack another five on in the second off Austin Temple and Trent Palmer, and then another two in the fourth to make it 12-0. Jacksonville wouldn't go quietly though. The Dolphins plated four runs in the sixth to make it 12-4. They tried to make things even more interesting the following inning when they scored three more to make it 12-7, but the rains came and haulted the game and JU's rally. The rain caused a nearly seven hour delay. The Dolphins couldn't recapture their seventh inning rally after the delay, as they fell to FAU 12-7. The Dolphins finish the season with a 40-21 record.


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